Former Clinton Strategist to Hillary: Be Gracious Like Al Gore Was
Pollster and former Clinton campaign adviser Mark Penn said Hillary Clinton should be more gracious following her 2016 loss to President Donald Trump.
At a speech this week in Middlesex County, N.J., Clinton claimed that unsuccessful male political candidates are never told to "shut up" as she has been.
"I was really struck by how people said that to me, you know, mostly people in the press for whatever reason. 'Oh, you know, go away. Go away'," Clinton said at Rutgers University.
Mark Penn, the chief strategist of Clinton's 2008 campaign and current chairman of the Harris Poll, said Americans want losing candidates to be gracious.
Penn said former Vice President Al Gore graciously faded from the spotlight after a contentious and ultimately unsuccessful bid against then-Gov. George W. Bush (R-Texas).
Gore, also a former Tennessee senator, lost the 2000 presidential election - which was marked by terms like "Hanging Chads" and the "Brooks Brothers Riot" that occurred in Miami.
"I think going back over and retreading the election is a losing topic for [Clinton]," Penn said. "She cared about healthcare which is the number one issue in the country I’d love to see her get back to an issue [like that]."
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